F. Wiesel (DE)
Live-Video-Performance (in German)

Thu 21 Sep – 9.30 p.m. – Multihalle Mannheim
Fri 22 Sep – 9.30 p.m. – Multihalle Mannheim

Concrete and glass landscapes extend across the South American jungle and over the Italian alps. Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Speer Jr., and Walt Disney are working feverishly on the axes of their new orders. In pursuit of a planned, more orderly and fairer society once and for all, ideal proportions and relations begin to emerge on the drawing boards and computers. At some point, the inevitable happens: in building complex Superquadra 67, Oskar C. begins experimenting with architecture. By and by, the building mutates, while the inhabitants begin to realise their own interests. Superquadra turns the chronicle of the conversion into a science fiction film on stage. In a mash-up with past visions, the performance tells a story about the end of architecture.

F. Wiesel (DE) – aka Hanke Wilsmann and Jost von Harlessem – develop performances and installations with alternating collaborators. F. Wiesel build fictional spaces that tell stories and generate a particular vision of reality. Perspectives are changed and manipulated: large objects are dwarfed, a fur looks like a prairie. In their work to date, they have used models to reanimate cinema history, dead emperors, and Soviet planets. In 2017, F. Wiesel won the Ponto Performance Prize by the Jürgen Ponto Foundation that promotes young artists.

A project within WUNDER DER PRÄRIE (Wonders of the Prairie) – International Festival for Performance Art & Networking

14 – 24 September 2017, Mannheim

Concept, copy & realisation: F. Wiesel (Hanke Wilsmann & Jost von Harlessem). Puppeteer: Caroline Kühner. Set design: Ben Goossens. Music: Philip Albus. Sound design: Rupert Jaud. Stage assistant: Friederike Schmidt-Colinet. Narrator: Fredrik Jan Hofmann. Author & narrator of “The Chronicles of Superquadra”: Dietmar Dath. Puppet costumes: Melchior B. Tacet. Puppet mechanics: Ingo Mewes. Production: Heidrun Schlegel. A co-production by: Treibstoff Theatertage Basel, F. Wiesel GbR, Fleetstreet Theater Hamburg.

Sponsored by: City of Frankfurt Culture Office, Rudolf-Augstein Foundation, Hamburg Arts Council, Hamburg Department of Culture, Lumitronix GmbH, Foundation for Radio and Culture in Switzerland; and the Jürgen Ponto Foundation for promoting young artists, as part of the Ponto Performance Prize 2017, a cooperation project with Mousonturm house of artists and the Hessian Theatre Academy. With the kind support of the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts.